JENNY ALDRICH and DON WALKER:
Jenny and Don were both in “Ruby” at West Coast Black Theatre until it closed down due to Covid. Don played Morrie in “Tuesdays With Morrie” at the Sarasota Jewish Theatre, April 6th-10th. Jenny has been busy with her shows, mostly “Georgia O’Keefe: A Dramatic Portrait” and “Maria Selby” from Fruitville library to Bonita Springs. She will also be in Ron Pantello’s play, “Damaged Goods” June 24th thru 26th, staged by the Players Theatre.
Steve has been busy working inside and outside of SAPS. He was added to the company of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Venice Theatre where he plays the Sherriff, Heck Tate. He is also directing two of Theatre Odyssey’s ten-minute plays for their June Festival, one by SAPS writer, Keith Whalen, and has cast SAPS actress, Jan Wallace in the other.
Next up will be a directing position with The Players Centre where he will be at the helm of Ron Pantello’s “Damaged Goods” which opens the end of June. In July, Steve will cast Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at Lemon Bay Playhouse.
Dianne Brin, on behalf of Asolo Theatre Guild Play Readers, has developed the 2022 One Book One Community stage reading of “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” for the Sarasota County Library System. Libraries included were Fruitville, Venice, Jacaranda, Gulfgate and the final scheduled reading on 4/6 was at Selby Library. Next scheduled reading of “Sons, Mothers and Others” by Ron Pantello and directed by Dianne will be 5/5 at Fountains of Hope. Asolo Rep Theatre Guild Play Readers will be the featured performers at Bird Key Yacht Club on 4/13. The reading, “Francis Albert” by Frank Gotz features SAPs actors Alan Brasington, David Meyersburg, Susan Mauntal, David Coe and Dianne Brin.
Lynne is involved in Venice Theatre’s “To Kill a Mocking” through May 1st. The next day she begins rehearsals for “Rabbit Hole” which she was in back in 2020 but had to be cancelled after one performance due to the pandemic. The Players is launching it again, running June 9-19.
James is happy to finally get back in a theatre with a live audience—he’s been cast in Keith Whalen's “Youth For Dark” in Theatre Odyssey's 10-Minute Play Festival. Steve Black is directing. At the end of January he did a staged reading of “Lunch With Mrs. Baskin” by Sam Bobrick with Theatre of the Mind at Art Center Sarasota. Janet Davies directed. The show was reprised at a cast member’s community hall on April 3.
George’s play, “Mona Lisa And The Ethiopian Cookbook”, after a two-year delay due to Covid, was presented by The Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, Brentwood, CA. on March 25 and 26, 2022.
Larry was commissioned by Nate Jacobs, Artistic Director of Westcoast Black Theatre, to write a musical biography of Fats Waller. He is working with Florida Studio Theatre in developing a musical children’s play based on “The Most-Hated Man”, both commissioned by Florida Studio Theatre. The play about Harry T. Moore will be read at SAPS on May 19th.
Ron’s short play “Cat and Dog Part Deux” will be produced in San Diego at the Ten Minute Madness Festival. “Bad Daughter” will be part of the North Park Play Festival in San Diego. “Damaged Goods”, winner of the Players 2019 New Play Festival, will be produced by them June 24th, 25th, and 26th.
Connie was selected to be on the Playwrights Panel at the Venice Book Fair March 25th, along with Andy Steadman from the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Preston Boyd. “Leaving Nic” and “Mary’s Baptism” were both semi-finalists in the MADLAB’S Theatre Roulette, which means they were in the top 100 of over 1,000 entries. Lauderdale By The Sea’s Seaside Players has chosen “Leaving Nic” to be a part of their Sea Shorts from June 3rd-12th. Connie’s play “Ancestry” will be produced as part of Theatre Odyssey’s ten-minute festival June 9th-12 in Asolo’s Cook Theatre.